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CNT function control group

To build up foundations of carbon nanotube (CNT) applications with the promising properties, R&Ds of practical techniques for the synthesis, separation, and fabrication processes to produce function-controlled CNTs at low cost are conducted in this group. Searching the killer applications by making prototype devises is also one of our missions

Research Themes
  1. Development of separation techniques for controlling the CNT functions.
  2. Development of techniques for the mass production of CNTs.
  3. Searching the killer applications by making prototype CNT devises.

Solution of single-chirality semiconducting CNT and their molecular models

Carbon-based thin film materials group

Development of industrial synthesis techniques for high-quality graphene with transfer and doping techniques, and search for its potential applications.

Research Themes
  1. Development of high-quality graphene synthesis technology by plasma CVD techniques.
  2. Development of transfer and doping technologies for high-quality CVD graphene films.
  3. Search for potential applications utilizing the special properties of graphene.

Transparent graphene heater with flexibility

Nanoparticle Functional Design Group

Our aim is to establish the technology for environment/energy such as uptake of toxic/valuable materials with our core materials, nanoparticles of porous coordination polymers(PCP).

Research Themes
  1. R&D for the synthesis of the PCP nanoparticles
  2. R&D for the technology for recovery of toxic/valuable materials.
  3. R&D for the environmental/energy technology with electrochemical reactions of the nanoparticles.

Radioactive-Cs adsorbent and color switchable devices

Nano Particles Structure Design Group

Development of novel functional materials with a designed structure in nano order such as spherical submicron particles and surface modification using various methods.

Research Themes
  1. Synthesis of high performance nano materials via laser irradiation in liquid and supercritical fluid crystallization.
  2. Fabrication of hybrid nano materials by gas-phase thermal oxidation with rapid heating and coprecipitation in supersaturated solutions.
  3. Nano surface modification via micro plasma and laser irradiation.
  4. Development of safe evaluation technologies for nanomaterials.

Biomedical spherical submicron particles and photocatalytic hybrid nano

Nanofilm Device Group

With the aim of application of energy conversion thin-film devices like thermoelectric devices, we are focusing on the development of high-performance thin-film devices and related materials.

Research Themes
  1. Nanoscale polymer thin films for the thermoelectric conversion, electrochromic devices, etc.,
  2. Nanoscale molecular films and functional device applications, such as solar cells based on molecular thin films.
  3. Theoretical studies on nano-thin film devices that contribute to energy conservation.

Up: The Thermoelectric Module using PEDOT:PSS hybrid nano

Down : The Schematic Morphology of the PEDOT:PSS Film with a High Thermoelectric Performance

Nanoscale interface characterization group

It is indispensable for the development of nanomaterials to establish advanced measurement techniques, nano-processing techniques and hetero interface control technologies. Our group aims at the establishment of these elemental technologies and the development of actual devices for the benefits in the society.

Research Themes
  1. Development of advanced measurement techniques and adaptation to materials evaluation.
  2. Development of nano-processing techniques, interface control technologies and device applications.

Morphology of the MoS2 surface treated with inward-plasma etching

Electron Microscopy Group

We use and develop the state of the art electron microscopy to characterize atomic level structures and electronic energy states of nano materials to answer the questions or to provide new insights to the society.

Research Themes
  1. Characterization of bonding phenomena and mechanism,
  2. Development of characterization methods by means of high performance electron microscopy,
  3. Creation of nano space science.

Annular dark field image (a)-EELS (b) of graphene edge compared with its model (c) and theory (d)